We sprung leeks here! Fortunately not the type that requires plumbers. Actually the leeks just appeared, unannounced in the house. I don’t know, maybe they walked in and settled down, a bit like Goldilocks! 😉
Now there are hordes of things a person can do with leeks. (I’m not really sure about the hordes bit, but I like it so it stays!) you could easily make hot or cold soup with leeks. You could throw them in an omelette or add them to pasta. You could toss them into a casserole. Or, if you know you are have roasted chicken, you could make a simple “stuffing” to along side it.
Yep you could do that! Of course you need a bit more an just leeks. You need some bacon because bacon and leeks are the best of friends. No, really they are. Oh and lovely tart Apple is perfect too. Oh come on now this is a lovely trio. Just be open minded and give it a whirl. How can you not when the end result looks like this?
Okay so here’s what you need. (And yes this all very flexible because that’s how I roll!)
Preheat oven to 350F
2 leeks, give or take because it’s all loose and flexible
Some bacon, precooked if you are brave
1 shallot minced (why not)
1 apple (your choice) or even a pear
1/2 c chicken or veggie broth or water
1/4 c or less melted butter
A splash of oil
1 dash of salt
1-2 tbsp freshly chopped sage
1-2 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary
2 c approx of stale bread or bread crumbs, use whatever
So clean your leeks really well because the grit that hides in me is not nice to the tooth or to the flavor of the dish. Trust me on this. Now once you’ve cleaned and dried the leeks slice them thinly using only he white and lose green parts. And put them in the pan with the oil, minced shallot and crumbled pre-cooked bacon, oh and the oil. Don’t forget the oil. You want to sauté these until they are lovely and slightly soft. Take off heat and set aside.
Stop here, smell the delicious smell you have created. Yum! And we have just started! 😀
Okay get a big big bowl and put in the bread that’s been made into cubes or bread crumbs. Grab all those leeks with the bacon and shallot and put it in the big bowl with the bread.
Gently stir until happily combined. Well okay I can’t confess if they are really happy being combined, but they seem that way.
Now add the stock, eggs, butter, herbs and salt to the mixture and stir again.
Next slice and chop your apple or pear, if using, into small pieces and put in the bowl. Mix once more.
Butter or grease a pan that can go in the oven and put your mixture from the howl into the greased pan. Spread out evenly.
Place in the oven for approximately 30 mins until cooked and the top has turned golden brown. Take out and serve!
Frankly I could just eat this and skip the chicken!